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Thankful it never happened…

In 1989, I was bowling for a chance to qualify for the PBA US Open. The final game of qualifying, I rolled a perfect 300 game to make the top 5 finalists only to get eliminated during match play finals. My dreams of competing in the US Open look to be shattered before a last-minute spot opened up for me to compete with the best of the best in bowling. I had been traveling across the USA bowling in some of the biggest tournaments… Now here I was bowling on the lanes for the tournament that I had dreamed about bowling since I was a young boy. As I looked at the standings after 24 games of qualifying, I remember feeling disappointed that I had finished in the back of the pack. As I left the tournament, I thought about how my Professional Bowling Career was NEVER going to happen…. which it the best thing that never happened for me.

In business and in our personal life, we often plan for something big to happen only to bruce_on truck original picturebe disappointed that it didn’t happen and feel like we aren’t going to be successful. In many cases, this is the best thing that never happens. We just don’t realize it until later in life. Maybe it’s trying to pass a certification, only to be disappointed that we didn’t pass, or trying to pursue a new career, or put in for that promotion and find out someone else was chosen. It’s okay, in some cases, you just need to try again. For example, in 2012, I took the SPHR exam and missed by 10 questions. I was disappointed, but then decided to set a goal of taking the PHR exam the following year and passed.

In other cases, it’s time to set some new goals and refocus on what’s most important to you.

Since competing in the US Open, I refocused on my family and pursued a different career in the relocation business and have enjoyed incredible success and more importantly developed deeper relationships with my family, my wife, my children, business partners, and my customers. In fact, many of my customers are now some of my best friends. I couldn’t imagine a better life than what I have experienced over the last 30 years. I still follow professional bowing very closely and get excited to see the best of the best compete – especially when some of the best players in the world are good friends.

So, when you get down because you haven’t been able to accomplish something important to you, keep in pursuit of what’s most important to you, be grateful for your health, family, and friends, find your lane of passion, drive your life with purpose, invest in your people zone, keep getting better, and make the most of your journey! Life is an amazing adventure when you live with purpose. Just keep planting good seeds and the good seeds will grow into something great for you in your life!

Call to Action: Share this story with someone you know that might need some encouragement. It will make incredible impact!

Quote of the Week… “Ask yourself 3 times a day what’s most important to you, then have the courage to build your life around that answer.” (Tom Watson, Chairman of the Board for Armstrong Relocation and Companies)

This has been A Relocation Minute on “thankful it never happened” with Bruce Waller, for more information, call 972-389-5673, or email bwaller@goarmstrong.com or check out my social media Facebook and Twitter page.

Also, check out www.BruceWaller.com for review my latest leadership book “Find Your Lane” on sale at Amazon!

Don’t wait… tomorrow may be too late!

I have a framed certificate in my home office that says, “In grateful memory of Wayland Eugene Causey who died in the service of his country at Port Chicago, California. 17 July 1944. He stands in the broken lines of patriots who have dared to die that freedom might live, and grow, and increase its blessings. Freedom lives, and through it, he lives – in a way that humbles the undertakings of most men. Signed Franklin Roosevelt, President if the United States. 

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I never knew my grandfather but I am thankful to have this print to remind us of his sacrifice and impact he had on our country. So many times we have intentions to meet someone for lunch, attend an event, or share our thoughts of gratitude with a friend or colleague that has helped on our journey, but we put it off thinking we have all of the time in the world… and one day look up and find it’s too late!

Last Saturday, my wife and I invited my brother and his wife to dinner with my mom and dad for a Mother’s Day weekend dinner to spend some quality time celebrating this great lady. It was impromptu, but my older brother and his wife dropped what they were doing and made time to join us. We just never know how long we get to spend time with our family and friends.

The following Thursday my brother’s wife Stephanie suddenly passed away. Our hearts broke for Mark and his family. As I read all of the wonderful things friends and family members had to say about her and the impact she made on their lives via text, emails and Facebook, I wondered, “did she know how all of these people felt about her? Did they tell her how she touched them while she was with us? I’m sure many did express the impact she made on their life, but many may not have and just assumed she knew.

Why do we wait to share the small ways people impact us – our gratitude? 

Today, I am grateful. I am standing on the shoulders of so many giants including my grandfather Wayland Eugene Causey and all of the brave men and women who sacrificed their lives for our country and paved the way for each of us to have freedom…

I am also grateful for my brother Mark for paving the way for me to move to Dallas and have many of the opportunities I have today to be a business leader helping families with relocation services. I’m thankful for his mentoring over the last 30 plus years modeling the way  of a leader, a husband, a father, brother, and most importantly of a friend.

In chapter 9 of the book Find Your Lane titled “The Lane of Fulfillment”, I share a story called “if I make it to the pro football hall of fame” in which I expressed my gratitude for some of the people that have made positive impact on my life. It was great time of reflection for me, as well as sharing my gratitude with others.

Now it’s your time… Who do you need to share your gratitude with? Don’t wait… Let them know today! Have a great Memorial Day and God Bless the USA!

Call to Action: Make a list of 3 people that helped you get to where you are today and send them a note. Mail, email, or just text to say thank you. It will make impact!

 Quote of the Week… “One Life can and always does, change the world” (John O’Leary)

 This has been A Relocation Minute on “Don’t wait share gratitude today” with Bruce Book Cover Find Your Lane FRONTWaller, For more information, call 972-389-5673, or email bwaller@goarmstrong.com or check out our my social media Facebook and Twitter page.

Also, check out www.BruceWaller.com for review my latest leadership book “Find Your Lane” on sale at Amazon!